Hey Newarkers Here’s your reminder, when you head out your door to go to work on Thursdays, don’t forget to grab a change of clothes because Sounds of the City (SOC), NJPAC’s free, after work, concert and dance party series starts July 5. Since its inception, this has been one of the highlights of summer in Brick City. If you’re one the thousands who have enjoyed SOC in the past then you know what SOC brings! For the newbies SOC is a great chance to introduce yourself to NJPAC’s Theater Square while enjoying some great music and a fab party!
Check out this great video of the 2010 Sounds of the City Michael Jackson Tribute and you’ll see what I’m talking about
In the past, the SOC has been a combo of great DJs, amazing bands, and some of the most amazing dancers in our area. Coupled with food vendors, liquor sponsors, and Glocally Newark Live blogging and you had a hell of a party. This year NJPAC has turned up the heat with the addition of celebrity guest performances. I’m talking The Wailers, Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends Band, Kindred the Family Soul, Rakim, Ray Mantilla Space Station, and Big Daddy Kane to name a few. For all of the underground music fans, don’t worry SOC still includes DJs such as Rich Medina, Tony Touch, Lobo, Spinna, and Adam Rios. The music starts at 5:00pm and the party continues until 10:00pm.
Here’s a snapshot of the Sounds of the City series! Visit www.njpac.org/summer for complete event descriptions
July 5th –Rhythm Revue Dance Party with Felix Hernandez and Special Guests
July 12th –Reggae with Judah Tribe, The Wailers and DJ Rich Medina
July 19th –Latin Jazz with Nicki Denner Latin Jazz Trio, Ray Mantilla Space Station/ Good Vibration Band and DJ Rey-Mo
July 26th – Caribbean sounds with Kevin Lyttle, New Kingston, Selector Kay Gee and King Ramsey Sound System
August 2nd – Hip hop with Big Daddy Kane, F. Stokes, and DJ Tony Touch
August 9th – Contemporary soul with Kindred the Family Soul, Candice Anitra, DJ Adam Rios
August 16th – Funk meets hip hop with Rakim, b.Funk, and DJ Spinna
August 23rd – A salsa celebration with Ray Rodriguez y Swing Sabroso, Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends Band featuring Luisito Rosario, Emo Luciano and Alfredo de la Fe, with Bobby Sanabria, Pete Nater, Louie Bauzo, Chembo Corniel, Lewis Kahn, Ray Martinez, Frank Fontaine, Mac Gollehon, and DJ Lobo
August 30th – Caribbean sounds with Kerwin Du Bois and Friends, Selector Kay Gee/ King Ramsey Sound System
If you make it to work on Friday after all that dancing, then come back to the PAC for more. Friday Night Live on July 6th, 20th and August 3rd and 17th will feature performances from Carribbean artists ALaine, funk legend The Family Stone featuring original members from Sly & The Family Stone, Rock music starring Blood, Sweat, and Tears and finally reggae music with Luciano!
This summer’s lineup could easily be billed as a $50-$100 show so I am loving the fact that the PAC is bringing in to Newark for free. Now, I work in non-profit and y’all know economically, times are hard! I had to find out why a non-profit organization such as NJPAC would offer all this top notch entertainment for free! (not that I am complaining). When I sat down with the David Rodriguez, Executive Producer of Sounds of the City, I had to ask him why NJPAC chose to not only continue SOC but to add celebrity performances plus another free event on Fridays. David said, “Through our free summer concerts series – both the Thursday favorite Sounds of the City and the brand new Friday Night Live – NJPAC is excited to give the community a taste of what they can expect to see during our 2012-13 season. From jazz to reggae to funk to hip hop, NJPAC’s outdoor stages will have something for everyone, and at a price that can’t be beat.” David also reminded me that the NJPAC is in the national spotlight as an arts center with America’s Got Talent broadcasting live all summer from the PAC’s Prudential Hall.
NJPAC has never been in a better position as an organization to give something back to the people who’ve supported the PAC for so many years. It’s also a time to introduce the PAC to those who’ve never visited before. Completely accessible via the NJTransit lightrail and buses and filled with opportunities to enjoy free music the NJPAC is where you’ll find me this summer either dancing, blogging, or grabbing a cocktail at its new restaurant NICO, but more on that lata! Enjoy!